Been there done that: Why Keto didn’t work for me

Ketogenics is a diet based on the idea that if you lower your carb/sugar intake and increase you healthy fat intake it will place your metabolism in a state of ketosis. This basically means your body will burn fat for fuel instead of glucose (sugar).

I started keto about year ago and loved the results. I was able to eat a lot of foods I liked and still lose weight with minimal effort. After about 6 months on the diet however I started to lose steam. I was stuck in a cycle of good then bad, where I would eat really strictly then slack and have a cookie. I started to feel so bad about my eating habits and my body. The whole point of me starting keto was to get healthy and be happy. What I didn’t realize was that by putting myself down for “failing” I lost any confidence I had gained from the weight loss.

It’s really interesting for me to go back and read my posts about keto, which can be found here :

What the Keto

Two Weeks and Seven Pounds Later

Dory said it Best

Look out World

Mind over Doughnuts

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

All my posts centered around weight loss when I first started my blog. I thought it would be a good platform to share my “weight loss journey” which lets get real, that’s just not me. I tried to be someone I wasn’t and thought that losing weight would make me better in all the ways. I would be skinny and pretty and super confident. However, what I found was Keto made me less confident the longer I was on the diet. I found out I had mistaken skinny for healthy. I was putting my mind in a situation that had me overthinking everything. I was so concentrated on what I was eating that I lost a lot of who I was. I kept telling myself that once I got to my goal weight my life would fall into place. I would get that promotion at work, I’d start dating a really awesome guy, I’d have so many followers on my blog I’d be making millions. The reality was that the more I focused on my food intake the less time I had to focus on those other things. I was slacking at work, I never went on a date and my blog posts were maybe being made once a month, but hey I lost 15 pounds so I’m winning right? Ha! I wasn’t winning at all and as soon as I realized all these things weren’t happening like I thought they would, something had to change.

So I stopped watching everything I put in my body and I started to reevaluate my thoughts. I began to eat carbs and sugar again, but I also kept up with the idea of eating Whole Foods as often as possible. Since stopping keto I “gained” back all the weight I lost (it was mostly just water weight) and more importantly gained back my confidence. Looking at myself now I may not be where I want to be but I have time to get there. Keto is a get rich quick scheme that isn’t going to last. If you want to lose weight you’ve got to do it the old fashioned way. Watch what you eat and exercise.

In the past year(ish) I have been promoted at work, I did start to date again and I’m working really hard to get my blog running well with posts every week-ish mostly! Your health is so much more than the food you put in your body. It’s your mental and emotional health too. So when you only focus on one thing, you lose sight of what is really important.

I am so proud of where I’ve come and what’s ahead. I’ve been good about watching what I eat but my next step is to get in a workout routine I can keep. I love to hear what you do to keep fit. Drop in the comments on your routine and how you are able to motivate yourself to get active everyday!

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